The Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT) has expressed its reservation over the strategy of PTCL converting regular employees’ jobs into contract.
committee also asked PTCL to improve its standard of service.
The Committee which met at the Parliament House on Monday directed the IT Ministry and its attached departments particularly the PTA to take immediate steps for improving the service quality and to bring greater efficiency and transparency in its operations. Earlier, PTA has issued a show cause notice to PTCL directing it to improve its standard of service to meet the competition.
One of the participants of the meeting said that the committee expressed serious reservation over anti-worker policies of PTCL and directed it to change these policies keeping in view the worker’s interests. The committee expressed strong reservations on converting employment of regular employees of the PTCL into contracts and wanted to know the rational behind it, as it is creating unrest among the employees of the Corporation. The Committee was also critical of receiving fee for converting fix line numbers into wireless and asked the Ministry to explain why it was being done in clear violation of the rules.
The Committee also sought details of the appointments and promotions made in the NTC Headquarters and provincial offices during the last five years. It observed that the ratio of people from smaller provinces is comparatively very low. The Committee also reiterated its earlier observation that the service quality of Mobile companies remained poor and needs urgent improvement.
Earlier, the newly appointed advisor to the PM on IT Sardar Latif Khan Khosa assured the Committee that he would himself look after the matters in the Ministry and its attached departments and would make every effort to bring about further improvements. The meeting was attended among others by Senators Muhammad Zahid Khan, Saleem Saifullah Khan and Fouzia Fakhurzaman besides Chairman of the Committee Senator Muhammad Idrees Khan Safi.